Raise a glass to toast your favorite green restaurant! Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2013 People's Choice Nature's Plate Awards. Together we can celebrate the restaurants doing their part for nature -
and your taste buds!

A Family Garden

© Nick Hall

For Michael Lipford, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Virginia, cultivating a garden is a special hobby that provides his family with both healthy food and quality time.

While not everyone has the space or inclination to garden, we can all connect with nature - and one another - through the choices we make about food.

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Sustainability Deserves 5 Stars

From the oysters on your plate to the water in your glass, nature nourishes our bodies. You're invited to make a difference this fall by nominating your favorite green restaurant for a Nature's Plate 2013 People's Choice Award.

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Restoring Bay Scallops

A New Initiative for Prized Shellfish

Juvenile bay scallops. © Scott Marion/VIMS

The Nature Conservancy is excited to be part of a new project to restore bay scallops in the waters of our Virginia Coast Reserve. It's the next step in an ongoing initiative to restore the seagrass meadows that scallops, oysters, and other marine animals depend on. The seagrass provides critical nursery habitat and the long blades of eelgrass help shelter the scallops from strong currents and predators like crabs and rays.

While sustaining even a recreational scallop fishery will require significantly more work and investment, our staff says early results are promising. “Our goal for this project is to evaluate different methods and find the most economically viable way to achieve large-scale scallop restoration,” says restoration specialist Bo Lusk. “If we can get the funding, scallops can make a real comeback here.” Supporting healthy natural communities can make a real difference in people’s lives, especially in places as vulnerable as our Eastern Shore.

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A Future for Menhaden

A Big Step to Save a Little Fish

© Crabby Taxonomist via Flickr's Creative Commons.

Menhaden have been called the “most important fish in the sea” because of their crucial role as a food source for the ocean.

December of 2012 was a landmark moment for the little fish, as the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved historic changes to the management plan for menhaden, including the first ever coast-wide annual catch limit for the fishery. The Atlantic menhaden population recently hit historic lows and action was needed for the fish, the numerous other marine species that prey on menhaden, and ultimately the industries and communities that depend on a healthy Atlantic.

A recovered stock will improve the health and resilience of the marine food web in the Atlantic.

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